Oneonta awards $570,000 sewer grant bid

Topping the list of actions in its latest meeting, the Oneonta City Council awarded a $570,050 sewer project bid to Bama Utility Contractors Inc. of Birmingham. The sewer project grant will improve and expand service primarily to low-income customers. As usual, Mayor Ross Norris, an employee of the city utilities board, and Councilman Tim McNair, an Alabama Power employee, abstained from voting on the utility project.

Norris read a resolution declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which the council approved. Council members then named Anthony Brewer to a city position on the Blount County Oneonta Agri-Business Center Board.

Announcing certification of election to the city school board, Norris administered the oath of office to the newest school board member, Patrick Adams. Adams now holds Place No. 4 on the board, which had been held by Kitty Cheak who chose not to seek re-election.

During his usual remarks portion, city manager Ed Lowe sought nuisance and condemnation approval for property at 1002 Woodland Drive, North. Lowe explained the city had held discussions with the property owners and had enjoyed initial success in seeking to bring the property into compliance with city codes. He reported that initial work had ended without completing the requirements and that the site had now been abandoned. The council approved his request.

Remaining councilors Hal Blackwood, Mark Gargus, Danny Robinson, and Tonya Rogers joined Norris and McNair for the Oct. 14 meeting. The council holds its regular sessions the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.